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Authors

  1. Zimbro, Kathie S. PhD, RN
  2. Maduro, Ralitsa S. PhD
  3. Haimani, Olivia F. BA
  4. Hahn, Donna S. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, VP
  5. Morgan, Merri K. DNP, RN, CCRN

Abstract

Background: The Women RISE program, educating women and health care providers along with technology support, may reduce opioid use.

 

Local Problem: Opioid use presented health concerns for women in Virginia's Central Shenandoah Valley.

 

Methods: We evaluated the impact of Women RISE on self-management of chronic pain and opioid use, provider prescribing practices, and opioid reduction within our community.

 

Interventions: We implemented the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP), educated women and providers, and streamlined access to the Prescription Management Program. Opioid best practice alerts informed providers about their prescribing practices.

 

Results: The CPSMP was beneficial in improving women's coping skills, knowledge about opioid use, and overall quality of life. Opioid prescriptions were reduced 34%. We also reduced unneeded opioid analgesics within our community.

 

Conclusions: Women were better able to manage chronic pain and stressors impacting opioid misuse. Opioid prescribing practices improved, limiting opioid availability in our community.